Teas of the Arabian Peninsula

Cook Around the Globe, hosted by German Mama of Arepas to Zwetschgen, invited us to explore the cuisines of the Arabian Peninsula for the month of September. I started out looking at cookies because I thought I would challenge myself and cook up some cookies, something I don’t do (story for another time).  However, one of the cookie recipes mentioned Arabian tea which caught my interest since I have been on a quest for the best of the best in teas for a few years now.

Black Tea with Sage. @MJsKitchen


Five years ago my taste buds changed and coffee started tasting bitter to me so I switched to tea. It may not sound like a big deal, but you have to know that when you’re raised in Louisiana, you are weaned off baby’s milk and onto French roast coffee with chicory. Therefore, I had been drinking coffee A LONG TIME, so switching to tea was a BIG deal. However,  it’s been a fun adventure. I’ve discovered so many new wonderful tastes, smells, and flavors by experimenting with different brands and types of teas.

In my research, I found that tea is an important drink in the Arabian Peninsula.  In some countries it’s served at business meetings, with breakfast, after lunch, and with dinner.  Throughout the Arabian Peninsula tea is a hospitality drink that is served to one’s guests. Apparently, refusal to accept the tea could be considered an insult. But why would anyone refuse?

Here are some of the tea combinations I found, and I hope I’m at least close to the real thing. From what I found, people of the Arabian Peninsula mostly drink black tea.  However, green tea is starting to catch on, probably due to its health benefits.

Yemen Tea
Black tea normally brewed with cardamom, clove and/or mint.

Qatari Tea
Black Tea brewed with sugar cubes, and then topped off with evaporated milk.

Kuwaiti Tea
Black tea with cardamom, saffron, and sugar

Saudi Arabian Tea
Black tea brewed with sugar then poured into tall slender glass and filled to the brim.

Arabic Tea
Black tea with fresh sage or mint and a little sugar.  This is the tea I’m featuring since I have both fresh sage and mint in the herb garden.  I loved them both but the sage tea was my favorite!  I believe it’s going to become one of my regulars.

Black Tea with Sage. @MJsKitchen

Arabic Tea Recipe

For each cup of tea

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon loose black tea leaves
3 large sage leaves or a sprig of mint
sugar or honey to taste (I prefer honey)

Brewing Instructions

  1. Bring water to boil. Remove from heat and let sit for about 30 seconds.
  2. Place the tea leaves and sage or mint leaves in an infuser over a cup. *
  3. Pour the water through the tea and herbs.
  4. Let steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Sweeten to taste with sugar or honey.

*I use an infuser from Mighty Leaf Tea that fits every cup in my cupboard.

To learn more about the Health Benefits of Tea, I recommend reading this article “Tea Time:  Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits“.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Last spring my husband convinced me to start a food blog.  At the time I had no idea what food blogging was all about and I certainly didn’t know how HUGE it was!  So since I was looking for something new and exciting to do that was related to my passion for cooking, I jumped in head first.

One of the first great bloggers that I met, was Manuela of Manu’s Menu. If you haven’t visited her site, then you definitely should!  Her food and food photography will cause you to put on a few pounds by just looking at it.  Even though I only know her virtually, it is easy to see that she is a wonderful person, mother, wife, and chef.   So I was very flattered when Manuela notified me that she had awarded me The Versatile Blogger Award!  Thank you Manuela!

One of the conditions on receiving this award is to share 7 things about yourself, so here we go.

Seven (7) things about me:

  1. I greet everyone with a smile and most people smile back.
  2. Somewhere on my desk is a plaque that says “A cluttered desk is the mark of genius.”
  3. I work best when I have a deadline.
  4. I have been working on a cookbook for the past 30 years.  Someone give me a deadline – Please!
  5. I’m not a morning person, but breakfast is my favorite meal.  I eat a lot of brunches.
  6. I always save the best bite of a meal for the last bite of the meal.
  7. I hate dislike the word “blog”, but I haven’t figured out how to get around it!

 

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35 Responses to “Teas of the Arabian Peninsula”

  1. jemi February 18, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    What of this red tea called haha very sweet and smells nice but expect a heartburn

    • mj February 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

      I’ll have to check it out. Haven’t heard of it. Thanks!

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  3. Biren @ Tea Tattler November 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    This sounds really interesting! I have never had black tea with sage. Gonna give it a try soon. Hopefully I can still get fresh sage at the store. Thanks for sending this to Tea Tattle Thursday. Hugs xx

  4. Nader August 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Hi,

    Thanks for the info. The Mighty Leaf infuser you linked to looks more like a strainer. Is it really deep and spacious enough for steeping?

    • mj August 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      I use the MLT infuser in a variety of cups and it works great as a steeper. Big cups, little cups, wide cups, narrow cups – works in all of them. It will work in a pot if the pot is filled to the brim. Thanks for stopping by!!!!

  5. Lisa May 17, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    I loved this post! I drink tea all day and love reading about it too…Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  6. Patsy May 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    I am a tea lover! Haven’t tried these, but would love too. Saw this on Mix it up Monday, and am now following. Patsy

  7. Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations May 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    How interesting! I’d love you to share this at Breakfast Ideas Mondays – http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2012/05/nutella-cinnamon-porridge-and-breakfast.html 🙂

  8. Jasanna December 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Yum! found you through the 4littlefergusons foodie friday! I love tea as well and def. want to try more. Yours sounds delicious! Do you know how to start growing sage?

    http://munchtalk.blogspot.com

    • mj December 24, 2011 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks for stopping by! As you can tell, I’m a tea lover too! To start sage, just buy a little starter plant for your local nursery. Prep the ground in a sunny area with a little potting soil and stick the plant in the ground. Water when needed and the plant will blossom to provide you lots and lots of wonderful sage leaves!

  9. sally October 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Thanks so much for the award, MJ! And sorry to be so slow to respond! I just made (and posted) your recipes for calabacitas enchiladas and green chile sauce. They were both fantastic! Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes!

  10. natalie October 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Wow–thanks, MJ! I just got back from an unscheduled blogging break, and this was a fabulous welcome back!

    Now I have to go think of 7 things about me…This’ll take me all night. 🙂

    • mj October 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

      🙂 🙂 I look forward to reading them!

  11. German Mama October 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Great idea to post about the different kinds of Arabic tea. I especially like the Middle Eastern mint tea. Thanks for participating in Cook Around the Globe. Hope you join again.

  12. Sylvia@peachesanddonuts September 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Hi MJ!! Thanks so much for passing the award to me. 🙂 I’m honoured to be included amongst an amazing group of bloggers.
    I’ve never heard of a sage infused tea before so I shall have to try it soon!

  13. Reem | Simply Reem September 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    My husband is THE tea drinker..
    God he can have like 8-9 cups in a day…
    This looks fantastic, I am sure he will love this.
    You have a very nice site, thanks for stopping by at mine otherwise I would’nt have found yours…

  14. My Home Diary in Turkey September 28, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Hai MJ… We drink tea every afternoon, breakfast and lunch here in Turkey… :)) Like this article.. thx for sharing it and thx for that great tea recipe.. love it!
    xoxo

  15. Giulietta | Alterkitchen September 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Thank you, MJ!!! For the award and especially for your kind words 🙂

    I love your travel through teas… I love tea, too, and sometimes my friends bring it to me from their travels! I have original UK one, Hong Kong one and so on…
    But my favorite is always the Earl Grey.. It’s a classic 🙂

    • mj September 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      You’re most welcome Darlin! I, too like Earl Grey, but as a starter. I always start with a cup of black tea, then switch to green tea of which Jasmine is my favorite. During the day I eventually move to white tea then herbal. I drink a LOT of tea! 🙂

  16. Tes September 27, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Oh my God! I know about the deadline! You are just like me… I will keep things forever on my desk until I felt the deadline coming 🙂
    Congrats on the award and thanks for sharing it with me 🙂

    • mj September 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks and you’re welcome Tes! I do love your website!

  17. ginny lee September 27, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    omgosh, love tea. don’t think I could give up coffee but I am a sucker for a tea + milk concoction. We had green tea lattes in Korea that I was hooked on. The drought hasn’t killed my sage and mint so I will give this a try!. Congrats on your award 🙂

    • mj September 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

      Love green tea lattes, chai lattes, pretty much any type of latte! 🙂 Hope you like the tea.

  18. Manu September 27, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    I LOVE this post! I am a coffee person but have been drinking more tea since meeting my husband… for obvious reasons! hehehe :-))))

    THANK YOU so much for all the great things you wrote about me MJ!!! <3 <3 <3 I really appreciate it!!! :-)))

    And I loved reading more about you… my desk is always really cluttered too!!! hehehe

    • mj September 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      🙂 🙂 🙂

  19. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry September 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment. I like your photographs very much and your posts are so interesting. I was reading your Preserved Lemons recipe and now I have to go make it. Thanks.

  20. wok with ray September 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Thank you very much, MJ for thinking of me and it’s an honor to be included in your list. I love how you arranged those tea cups and you’ve got a perfect angle on the shots. 🙂

    Wishing you a very enjoyable week!

    ~ ray ~

  21. mj September 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    @karen and @Suzi Thanks!! 🙂

  22. Suzi September 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I agree with Karen, I would pass it back to you as well. Thank you MJ, you are wonderful. Love the tea, I have never tried putting sage leaves in tea I will have to try that.

  23. Karen @offthemeathook September 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Thank you so much for the award! I will have to think of folks to pass it on to… too bad I can’t pass it back to you. 🙂

  24. Nads September 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    YOUR GREEN CHILE SAUCE WAS TERRIFIC!!!!!!!! I made a big pot of it to use up a bag of anaheims and poblanos. I made enchiladas with some leftover turkey bits and pieces in the freezer. I was having an issue getting flavor into the filling. No matter what I did it seemed a little bland. I poured your green chile sauce over them and baked, and, Voila! Absolutely delicious! I plan to make another batch of sauce and freeze it for the next time I want a super TxMex meal or need something to save the day. Thank you MJ!

    • mj September 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      THANK YOU! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment.

  25. Little Corner of Mine September 26, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I love your infused tea. Must be fragrant!

    • mj September 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

      I definitely was fragrant! I love the smell of sage – or any herb for that matter! 🙂

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